How To Impress Me: Samantha Barks

Dating advice from the beautiful 'Les Miserables' star 

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Samantha Barks could get any man into musicals.

With an engaging, beaming smile and mocha rich brown eyes, the 23-year-old Les Miserables star is as lovely an interview subject you could hope for. 

Fresh from filming the upcoming festive flick The Christmas Candle, she's combining shooting her next movie in Ukraine with promotions here: and is seriously looking forward to a December break at home on the Isle of Man. 

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By her own admission, she's a tad too busy being flung all over the world to listen to chat-up lines. 

But, in case you catch her about the UK before she sets off globe-trotting again, here's how you can try to impress her.

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I don’t like men who are cocky. I find it difficult to connect to, if somebody’s too self-assured.

Thoughtfulness is a big thing for me. Some of the most romantic gestures are some of the smallest things – like getting you a chocolate bar because it reminds them of you.

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The idea of a complete stranger approaching me makes me nervous. I’m not very cool with that kind of thing.

But if they did – nothing too suave or cheesy. 

I like a dry sense of humour. Anyone who says they’re a Ricky Gervais fan wins in my books. I was watching Extras last night and I love his stand-up and films too.

Guys always look good in a gorgeous suit. They’re lucky like that: I’m always saying ‘What am I going to wear?” And it’s so easy for them.

I’d rather not have a sit-down dinner for a first date. I’d prefer something that takes me by surprise, rather than sitting there trying to say the right things.

Day time dates are a nice idea. It could takes off some of the pressure. Like: let's just hang out and not think about it too much. 

It would be very awkward if a man took me to a steak restaurant because I’m a vegetarian. I’d end up just having some chips.

It wouldn't bother me if a guy ate meat –  I love cooking, so as long as they’re up for trying some nice veggie stuff, that’s fine.

I think it’s difficult if a man grooms himself more than you do. Not because I have a problem with it, but because it makes you think: "Should I be doing more?"

I like accents. I think they’re cool. It’s a bit of individuality.

If a man’s not genuine, you can see through it very quickly. And then there’s no point: you can’t connect to something that’s not there.

I jump at the chance to watch live sport. It’s a good atmosphere. I’ve been to ice hockey and baseball in America – it’s a great way to get involved with the culture.

I wouldn’t mind what job a man did, so long as you’re understanding of each other’s schedules.

You make lists when you’re a kid of what you want a man to look like – and then the more you go through life, you realise its down to having a connection. And that checklist goes out of the window. 


'The Christmas Candle'  is in cinemas on 8 December at VUE Cinemas and from 13 December. Click here for listings. 

 

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